Today we were blessed to hear 5 believers in Christ make public their faith. On the left is Daniel, our good friend. He spends a lot of time at our house getting help with homework and participating in our family life. On the far left is his mom, Jennifer. During her interview she talked about how blessed she was to be a part of a church where she actually learns. Next to Daniel, (second on the left) is Wycliff. He is the nephew of Herbert and Beatrice and is an orphan. For a while he was living with Herbert and Beatrice, but now that they have returned to the village, he has remained in town by himself so that he can finish high school. And the two girls in the middle, Maureen and Doreen, are our neighbors.
Eric also gave Bibles to the people who had not received them yet...a special treasure, considering that there are many elders and deacons in village churches that don't own Bibles yet.
In addition to membership, Daniel and Ivan...sons of Jennifer...were baptized. Daniel, as a profession of faith and Ivan as a covenant child.
We have spent so many hours around our dinner table with Daniel, reading God's word and discussing the Christian life. He is like a ninth child to us. It is such a huge blessing, one that brings tears of joy, to see him desire God for himself.
And yes, Eric believes that sacraments are meant to be seen in a big way...LOTS of water!! :)
Rejoice with your brothers and sisters here in Mbale, Uganda!! God is doing great things! You will be worshiping in heaven with these dear saints! And pray for them! Pray that their faith will remain strong, that God will protect them from Satan who desires to have their souls. Pray that God will bless them with all that they need. Saturday morning, as I was running, I saw Jennifer and Ivan digging in their garden. When I stopped to talk to her, she told me that she hadn't eaten supper or breakfast and was hoping that their garden would yield well as we head into dry season soon. She has also been quite sick lately and has a large growth on her arm that we don't have a diagnosis for yet. So please pray that God will strengthen these brothers and sisters, both spiritually and physically. Pray also for the families that labor here. Pray that God will bless us with strength and wisdom. Pray for more laborers to be sent. And may God be glorified to answer these prayers.